Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Spotlight! Continuing the Gyaru in lolita theme...

So, reflecting the previous Tuesday's theme today I'm focusing on a gyar's blog of all things! I'm going to keep this brief however, You don't read these and care enough to comment, I don't feel much like writing today. Not that I'm saying I wrote for the comment but it'd be nice to get some reader feedback after 67 watchers ( Thank you all so much btw!! <3 <3 <3 )

Ciramisu
So! Cirimisu is aimed at Gyaru fashionistas and does talk a little bit about the brands like liz lisa and such but the big thing I like it for is MAKEUP REVIEWS. Mostly of stuff I'd like to buy but most will not. There's  good tips and suggestions about various products and how to use/apply them. Usually they're f a foreign variety to the stuff you'd find in your local department store so mind that!

Apart from this there's also a good portion of articles about food, places of interest, more makeup and store guides for Japan. Be warned, this is an image heavy blog so if you have slow bandwith maybe avoid.

Aesthetically the blog is a little crowded, first due to the high amount of images and secondly to the amounts of gadgets on her side bar haha! chat logs and a comment box, followers, disclaimers, links to food and shopping sites and then some. Maybe It's just me but I prefer a cleaner look? A while ago I had the same side bar | Article | side bar layout but found it too cluttered so it's more a personal taste than a real criticism.

The only other thing that bothered me is the multi-lingual aspect. Lots of the entries have included english names, the pronunciation of the local word for it (like romanji) and then the actual word written in the origical characters. I like reading I really do and it's easy to skip over but THEY DISTRACT ME, NOOOO!

Overall.
A little convuluted both aesthetically and in content but it's easy to find relevant material to what you're after. Run over, take a look and see what you like. I'd especially like to highlight the entry which got me hooked in the first place. False lash care. Been looking for a guide to this for ages, I keep ruining mine, and this was a great foothold given I'd no clue where to start and find all the info in one place.

Also! Starting tomorrow I'll be doing the 30 day lolita challenge, which I'm sure most of you will have heard of. I'm not sure how often I'll be updating it but I'd like to get it over asap as I'm sure it will in fact bore you all to tears, more of a personal thing to me I guess.

Erg I'm too shy to post to DL lol!  ^^ Posted to DL, like a boss! first time ever, will get trolled. Wonder what people will think of my ugly mug on the net >:  Derp faces are derpy, couldn't use eyelashes due to my eye is doing some weird stuff atm >.< and  makeup just sucks anyways, i need to practice more!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tokyo Fashion Tuesday o2. GET YOUR GYARU OUTTA MY LOLITA

So I missed the last Sunday spotlight and Tokyo fashion Tuesday T__T I'm sorry, I really am but life has been doing that busy thing! But I'm here now, doing stuff and being active so let's march on! This Tokyo Fashion Tuesday update is inspired by...

Yup a ma*rs chick caught my eye. Not because it's a spectacular cord but while I was browsing through all the other images all I could think was 'gee I love ma*rs, they're so cute and sexy and you never see that hot pink x black in any other fashion' and then I was like 'I WANT IT IN MY LOLITA' so here we are.

Now obviously you can't take just any ma*rs dress or 'ageha', as I've been told the style is known as, and shove a petti under it. There's some big differences between the two. For starters length, footwear, hair, makeup and accessories to name a few. Gyaru usually ends at about ass o'clock with mile high heels and lolita has knee length skirts with flat teaparties and never the two shall meet! 

So maybe your a lolita by winter's breath and gyaru at summer's call. Maybe you do both whenever the mood takes you; point is we need a way to put the two together so you can utilize your wardrobe to the fullest extent! 

Color: Well one could go for a hime look with pink and white but we're staying away from that for this example. Pink and white, hot pink and white, hot pink and black, pink and black, purple and black. Plaid, print, plain. Gyaru has a little more wiggle room than lolita when it comes to fabric choices. Keep in mind that ageha; what I'm talking about at the moment, is trying to be cute and sexy. Pastel pink and mint isn't going to fly no matter what. 

Length: Now the biggest obstacle to overcome will be length. Ageha and gyaru in general has a shorter length obviously, both in skirts and sleeves (no blouses oh my!).Since this is a lolita blog we're doing lolita with elements of ageha gyaru, so knee length it is! Feel free to get a bit shorter with it though, as long as you're ok with it.

Hair: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD IF YOU'RE DOING A MIX OF AGEHA/LOLITA AVOID THE HIME CURLS. Those curls will and have always been part of the gyaru fashion, if you use that style this will look more hime lolita than just lolita and if your er too much towards the gyaru you'll just look gyaru. Go with a classic lolita staple. Pigtails, frizzy buns or plaits could even work. Something either ridiculously simple or ridiculously over the top.

Accessories: This will be one of the bigger differences. Garters don't belong on any kind of lolita. Sorry. However chains, sandals, furry scarfs/stoles, leg warmers, arm warmers and tiny or oversized handbags are elements of gyaru you can work in! Fishnet stockings if you want even, just keep it classy ;D Don't overdo hair items, a rose, a small bow or a hat will suffice. Remember, sexy/cute! Head eating bows, fluffy star charms and love hearts saying 'hug' are all big on cute but not so much sexy.

Ah yes, and that my dears is my bastard child of Angelic pretty meets Ma*rs meets yumetenbo! I've used my chosen colour scheme and then taken a dress that's a midpoint between the fashions, if that dress was shorter and more figure hugging I'd call it ageha! Then accessorised the crap out of it. Because Angelic pretty has been used to form the base ( bolero and jsk) the rest has to all be offbrand or a gyaru brand, otherwise it'd just get too similar to lolita in colors/themes. I really love those sorts of shoes and while I couldn't find it here, it'd be adorable if instead of wristcuffs it had arm warmers with the hot pink bows. I'm not sold on the fur leg warmers but if you had a matching black stole or fur trimmed mitten it'd work. I chose the plaid because it's a fabric that both ma*rs and AP have made dresses in and the square pattern gives the eyes something to look at. ALSO check that bag! That'll fit more than your phone and wallet for sure! Wish more lolita companies had bags that big. >:

There's not a lot to say on how not to do this look, mostly because it hasn't really been done and when mashing two fashions together it's all a call of judgement. Just keep the basics in mind ie. dress to your body type, colours that compliment you, colours that go well together etc. Find some handy inspiration and get playing with what's in your closet...or on polyvore. 

Final note is, I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to gyaru. I've pieced together little bits and pieces but if I'm wrong someone can correct me. I do not consider the two (loli and gyaru) similar, I just love both and combing them like this expresses that. Inb4 'omigawd lolitas are ruining the gyaru fashion, that's not even close to gyaru'.